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School board doesn’t know what it’s doing

Posted on July 21, 2021

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The Butner-Creedmoor News welcomes letters to the editor of 350 words or fewer. Letters should be signed with the writer's name and hometown. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Phone numbers are not published. Email your letter to the editor to editor@butnercreedmoornews.com.

The Granville County Board of Education wants you to know “Your Voice Counts.” So, the BOE conducted a brief survey of parents during the week of July 5. Most of the questions were about closing additional schools, but a few were open-ended requests for new ideas.

The Granville County Public Schools system is a complex operation with many moving parts — not exactly brain surgery, but perhaps pretty close. If you needed brain surgery, would you expect the surgeon to seek your advice on how to conduct the operation? Or would you expect the physician to advise you of the process, inform you of the risks, and explain all possible alternatives?

“Choice” is good, but “informed choice” is much better — even in our schools.

For example, several of the BOE survey questions ask Granville parents to choose between the current elementary K-5, middle school 6-8, and high school 9-12 model and the “K-8” or “7-12” models. Well, whaddaya think?

Your first question might be why are we using the current model? Don’t know for sure, but believe there are numerous educational studies, which raise concerns about the “13/14-year-old problem.” As all parents know, 13- and 14-year-old teenagers are bewitched by hormonal challenges, which may result in some volatility. So, with the K-8 model do we want those 13/14-year-olds looking after” the first and second graders, or with the 7-12 model do we prefer those 13/14-year-olds being looked after by the 18-year-olds?

Pretty scary choices! Which did you choose?

Granted, the BOE survey was conducted in a bit of a rush, but shouldn’t the BOE have taken a little more time to educate the public, before giving us a pop quiz? Wouldn’t an educated guess be better than a SWAG?

Job No. 1 for the GCPS is to teach, right? Isn’t it time for the GCPS BOE to stand and deliver to the Granville community?

By the way, what exactly is the rush about closing additional schools? The GCPS budget is already in balance through the end of June 2022! Closing additional schools is not without consequences, nor is it a no-brainer. Why rush into a mistake?

Jean & Jim Blaine

Wilton

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